Apr 2

Tom Baker covers the Tokyo anime fair

Tom Baker (Chiba-ken, 1989-91) is a staff writer for The Daily Yomiuri. He usually writes for DYWeekend, the paper’s arts and leisure section. You can follow Tom’s blog at tokyotombaker.wordpress.com. His most recent article covers last week’s Tokyo International Anime Fair, where 3-D technology was a major theme this year. Here is an excerpt: Put […]


Mar 28

Tom Baker reviews “Cirque du Freak” manga

Tom Baker (Chiba-ken, 1989-91) is a staff writer for The Daily Yomiuri. He usually writes for DYWeekend, the paper’s arts and leisure section. You can follow Tom’s blog at tokyotombaker.wordpress.com. He recently reviewed manga series “Cirque du Freak” by manga artist Takahiro Arai, comparing it to the series of novels on which it is based, […]


Mar 21

Tom Baker (Chiba-ken, 1989-91) is a staff writer for The Daily Yomiuri. He usually writes for DYWeekend, the paper’s arts and leisure section. You can follow Tom’s blog at tokyotombaker.wordpress.com. Last Friday he had two movie articles in the paper: a review of “Sherlock Holmes,” which you can read here, and an interview with martial […]


Mar 16

Tom Baker (Chiba-ken, 1989-91) is a staff writer for The Daily Yomiuri. A big part of his beat is the Pop Culture page, which covers manga, anime and video games. You can follow Tom’s blog at tokyotombaker.wordpress.com. He also writes movie reviews. Here is an excerpt from a recent review of “I Love You Phillip […]


Mar 7

Tom Baker reviews “The Hurt Locker”

Tom Baker (Chiba-ken, 1989-91) is a staff writer for The Daily Yomiuri. A big part of his beat is the Pop Culture page, which covers manga, anime and video games. You can follow Tom’s blog at tokyotombaker.wordpress.com. He also writes about movies. Here is his review of “The Hurt Locker,” which just opened in Japan […]


Mar 1

Tom Baker (Chiba-ken, 1989-91) is a staff writer for The Daily Yomiuri. A big part of his beat is the Pop Culture page, which covers manga, anime and video games.  You can follow Tom’s blog at tokyotombaker.wordpress.com. He also writes about food. Here is a recent article about a food science exhibition currently running at […]


Mar 1

Tom Baker (Chiba-ken, 1989-91) is a staff writer for The Daily Yomiuri. A big part of his beat is the Pop Culture page, which covers manga, anime and video games.  You can follow Tom’s blog at tokyotombaker.wordpress.com. He also writes about movies. Here is his interview with stop-motion animator Henry Selick, whose film “Coraline” is a […]


Mar 1

Tom Baker (Chiba-ken, 1989-91) is a staff writer for The Daily Yomiuri. A big part of his beat is the Pop Culture page, which covers manga, anime and video games.  You can follow Tom’s blog at tokyotombaker.wordpress.com. Here is his latest video game review, of “Uncharted” and “Uncharted 2” which Sony recently released as a […]


Feb 28

Tom Baker (Chiba-ken, 1989-91) is a staff writer for The Daily Yomiuri. A big part of his beat is the Pop Culture page, which covers manga, anime and video games.  You can follow Tom’s blog at tokyotombaker.wordpress.com. Here is his latest manga review, of Ooku by Fumi Yoshinaga: With its shrinking population, chronically depressed birthrate […]


Feb 9

Tom Baker’s Interview with a Samurai Rabbit

Tom Baker (Chiba-ken, 1989-91) is now as a staff writer for The Daily Yomiuri.  We will be regularly featuring his work.  Here is his latest, an interview with the Hawaiian Stan Sakai, creator of the comic Usagi Yojimbo. “There was the old movie theater down the street from where I lived that showed the old samurai […]


May 2

Eric Baker (Fukuoka-ken, 2006-08) will be writing the Baker’s Dozen column as he  approaches the end of a year of travel and reconnecting. He will discuss his thoughts and experiences as he transitions back to working in the States after two years on JET. Like many folks, I discovered JetWit through a JET friend. Joining […]


Feb 4

JET Alum Business Beat: Yvonne Thurman starts Dolly Bella Bakery

Yvonne Thurman (Kagoshima-ken, 1994-95), former JETAA NY President, recently left her position as Director of the Columbia Business School’s Center on Japanese Economy and Business (CJEB) to start her own baked goods business, Dolly Bella Bakery (www.dollybellabakery.com).  Read below as she explains what led her down this path and how it’s all going. I have […]


Mar 13

Join a Tokyo pub quiz — even if you’re not in Tokyo

Posted by Tom Baker (Chiba, 1989-91)Before the pandemic, Tokyo was famous for its nightlife — and a small but fun part of that was a thriving English-language pub quiz scene. Some of those quizzes are now taking place online via Zoom. One of them is a long-running charity fundraiser for TELL, a mental-health nonprofit that […]


Mar 7

Posted by Tom Baker (Chiba 1989-91) The 15th annual Japan Writers Conference will be held in October this year. The organizers are now looking for writers, editors and publishers to give presentations on the art, craft and business of writing. If you are a writer, now is a good time to think about taking part. […]


Sep 13

Posted by Tom Baker Warren Decker and Michael Frazier are two JET poets living in Japan who will each be hosting a workshop at the Oct. 10-11 Japan Writers Conference. This year’s conference is being held online, so you don’t need to be in Japan to attend. For details, see http://japanwritersconference.org. Official descriptions of the […]


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